WBZ-TV Channel 4, Boston, MA
Sign-On and Sign-Off recorded in 1990

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The sign-on and sign-off of New England's first and oldest TV station combined in one clip. Both feature the behind-the-scenes goings-on in the WBZ-TV production facilities. The sign-on commences with time-lapse video of the sun rising over the Boston skyline, taken from the north side of the Charles River. The sign-off starts off with time-lapse video of the sun setting over Boston, presumably viewed from the aforementioned Charles River from a different angle. The sign-off is followed by a non-sectarian closing prayer and a WBZ-produced National Anthem video just chock full of Boston's historical attractions. At the time this was recorded, WBZ-TV was owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (aka Group W) and affiliated with the NBC Network since it first signed on June 1948. In January 1995, WBZ-TV became a CBS affiliate as a result of Westinghouse's switching its other TV stations' affiliations with that network. Westinghouse would buy the entire CBS ball-o-wax outright early in 1996, and changed its name to CBS Corporation in 1997 (I'm not about to get into the whole Viacom story here!).


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KDKA-TV Channel 2 (Pittsburgh) Final Analog Sign-Off from 12 June 2009

Page edited sunday, 3 January 2016

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